Iran Nuclear News"Tortuous road" to settlement of Iran nuclear issue, says...

“Tortuous road” to settlement of Iran nuclear issue, says Ban


AFP: The incoming United Nations secretary-general Tuesday played down hopes of an early end to the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme. SEOUL, Oct 24, 2006 (AFP) – The incoming United Nations secretary-general Tuesday played down hopes of an early end to the crisis over Iran’s nuclear programme.

South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, who takes over on January 1, described the issue as another threat to the global non-proliferation regime along with North Korea’s October 9 nuclear weapons test.

“Tehran has not so far responded to the Security Council demand that it suspend all enrichment-related activities, and the road to a peaceful resolution on this issue seems tortuous,” he said in a speech marking the 61st anniversary of the UN.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad vowed Monday his country will not retreat even “an inch” over its nuclear programme despite the mounting threat of UN sanctions.

His comments came as Britain, France and Germany draw up a draft sanctions resolution to put to the Security Council after Iran refused to obey repeated deadlines to suspend uranium enrichment.

Western countries fear it is secretly trying to build nuclear weapons, but the Islamic republic insists its programme is solely for generating energy.

Ban described the situation on global peace and security — one of the UN’s three pillars along with development and human rights — as “precarious indeed.”

Efforts for a comprehensive treaty to fight terrorism had so far failed. The security and humanitarian crisis in the Sudanese region of Darfur, the flare-ups in the Middle East and conflicts in Africa also called for concerted responses, Ban said.

As secretary-general, he said, he intends to seek an active role in finding a peaceful settlement of the North Korean nuclear issue.

Latest news

Iran, the Resurrection of the Concept of ‘Revolution’

These days, Iran’s political and social environment has witnessed massive storms, which have changed the meaning of all concepts....

Iran Regime’s Response to Protests Censorship and Violence

The Iranian regime’s leadership has reacted to the ongoing wave of protests over the death of Mahsa Amini, the...

Iran’s New Generation Seeks Nothing but Regime Change

In a silly and desperate statement, the Iranian regime’s foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian claimed that nothing special is going...

Iran’s Youths Broke the Spell of Fear

One of the main characteristics of the recent protests in Iran is the courage and fearlessness of the people,...

Iran Is on the Brink of a Revolution

The wall of fear has been broken. In many cities across Iran, women are taking to the streets, leading...

Iran’s Regime Claims To Fill Global Energy Gap Despite Crippled Petroleum Sector

In recent weeks, the Iranian regime’s officials have been constantly exaggerating their huge capacity in oil and gas reserves...

Must read

No EU plans to put Iran’s Revolutionary Guard on terror list

AFP: The European Union has no immediate plans to...

Iraqi troops detain Shiite militia leader working for Iran – U.S.

Iran Focus: London, Nov. 25 - Iraqi forces have...

You might also likeRELATED
Recommended to you